Jane Bull has been an important part of DK for over 30 years, being one of the original designers who worked on our famed Eyewitness series for kids – as well as dozens of her own books - including Made by Me and Stitch by Stitch.
Her amazing creativity has earned her the designation “Craft Guru” amongst all of us who have worked with her – and those of us who have enjoyed her books over the last decade.
In honour of the publication of Jane's latest book. Get Set, Sew - a beginner's guide to sewing using a sewing machine, we asked Jane to provide us with some exclusive tips to get kids excited about crafting.
You can follow the adventures of Jane Bull on Twitter @janebulldoll
1. Spark up some ideas – What are their interests? Find reference for inspiration – there are lots of craft books, kids magazines and online sites. Look out for workshops where they can join in to give them a taster.
2. Be prepared – Keep a craft box to hand gather up materials and equipment such a scissors, sticky tape, paper and pens. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a youngster enthused about making something and you don’t have basics ready.
3. Join in – to get things started it helps if they see you having a go too. More often than not you’ll be needed to help with cutting and sticking and figuring out instructions.
4. Getting messy – being crafty can generate a bit of mess but don’t freak out. Cover up tables, floors…and children if necessary. Things can soon be packed up and tidied away.
5. Encouragement – be positive, nothing needs to be perfect. It should be fun.